The aid recipients had fled their harsh living conditions in drought-stricken Western and Eastern Hararghe and Arsi. These lowland zones in Oromia region offer little arable land. In Bale zone, many of them found shelter far from any health-care facilities. For the time being, the Ethiopian government is providing them with medical care and monthly food rations while at the same time looking for a durable solution.
The aim of the relief operation was to alleviate suffering, especially of the many thousands of women, children and the elderly who are particularly vulnerable so far from their homes. Each family received blankets, cooking pots, soap, jerrycans and tarpaulins. This is but one example of the many ongoing Red Cross activities countrywide.
Emret Hege Egziabher, Ethiopian Red Cross
Society, tel. ++25 11 15 31 39
or Gianni Volpin, ICRC Addis Ababa, tel. ++25 11 51 83 66